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Fly to Buenos Aires, via Madrid, with Iberia. Alternatively, for a supplement, fly direct from London to Buenos Aires with British Airways (N)
Morning arrival. Transfer to Hotel Intersur Recoleta or similar for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional city tour. (N)
Fly to Ushuaia, the world's most southerly city and stay overnight at Hotel Albatros or similar. (B)
Morning at leisure or take an optional excursion. This afternoon, board your expedition vessel and set sail for the Falkland Islands. (B, D)
The voyage itinerary and excursions are subject to weather, sea and ice conditions, as well as wildlife sightings.
Sail east towards the Falkland Islands. While at sea you will be presented with lectures on the islands' wildlife and history. (B, L, D)
Spend two days exploring these islands, which have a unique sub-Antarctic eco-system. Around 70 different animal species live on these islands, including black-browed albatrosses, striated caracaras, southern sea lions as well as rockhopper, gentoo, Magellanic and king penguins. (B, L, D)
Continue sailing east across the Southern Ocean towards South Georgia. The vessel will cross the Antarctic Convergence and into Antarctic waters. Prepare for arrival in South Georgia with lectures about the island, its history and stories from the expeditions of Shackleton and other polar explorers. (B, L, D)
Remote and rugged South Georgia features spectacular scenery with magnificent mountains and icy glaciers. Here, learn about the human history and marvel at the superb concentration of wildlife. Visits may include whaling stations, historic sites, including Shackleton's grave, and wildlife colonies. The wildlife here is very different to that in Antarctica and you can expect to see vast colonies of fur and elephant seals and king penguins. Birdlife species include the cape petrel, giant petrel and the Antarctic prion. (B, L, D)
Sail south across the Scotia Sea past Elephant Island to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. A series of talks on the wildlife of Antarctica and the history of exploration will be given during these days at sea. Keep a watch out for sea birds, whales and icebergs. (B, L, D)
Voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands and search for penguins, beautiful sea birds and whales, while taking in the spectacular icy scenery, geology and historic sites. Weather, wind and ice conditions will greatly influence the programme, however, places that may be visited include Deception Island, Port Lockroy, Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the Antarctic Sound. (B, L, D)
The expedition team aims to make daily excursions by Zodiac, which may include shore landings to hike along snowy ridges or pebbled beaches, explorations of bays and channels, and navigations amid icebergs.
Cross this infamous stretch of water, which is the meeting point of two of the world's greatest oceans, the Atlantic and the Pacific. On board the ship, relive some of the experiences of this fascinating voyage in a series of lectures. Pass Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America, en route to Ushuaia. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark. Fly to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay. (B)
Fly to London via Madrid with Iberia, or direct to London with British Airways. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Optional camping and kayaking excursions are available on some ships, but space is limited and pre-booking is essential.
The sample itinerary above is based on a 19-night cruise programme and will vary depending on cruise duration and vessel. Longer cruise programmes are available offering a more in-depth exploration, including the chance to navigate further south to cross the Antarctic Circle and celebrate a special geographical milestone. Shorter programmes feature fly-cruise combinations with only one Drake Passage crossing.
The price acts as a guideline only and will vary according to the time of year, the boat used and exact cruise duration. We offer a range of different expedition vessels such as the G Expedition, Sea Spirit, Hebridean Sky, Ocean Nova, Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour, Silver Explorer and the Polar Pioneer. Please enquire for further details, dates, availability and prices.
The price is based on two people travelling on a twin share basis.
Inclusions: International flights and internal flights; transfers; 1 night's pre-cruise and 1 night's post-cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires; 1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia and an expedition cruise * .
* Selected cruises may sail from Montevideo in Uruguay or Puerto Madryn in Argentina, or may start or end in the Falklands and require flights via Santiago in Chile in one direction. Flights and acommodation would be adjusted accordingly to fit with the revised arrangements.
An Antarctic cruise itinerary can be combined with other tailor-made arrangements within Argentina, Chile or the rest of South America. For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor the itinerary pre- or post-cruise, please call 020 7873 5000 or email Sales@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Solo travellers can avoid paying a single supplement on selected vessels if they are willing to share a twin, triple or quad cabin.
Alternative programmes are available offering shorter cruises that visit just the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, or the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica. Additionally, there are also fly-cruise programmes, which enable travellers to save time by taking flight (one-way or both ways) across the Drake Passage. See below or call for details, dates and prices.
Classic Antarctica cruise >
Fly-cruise over the Drake Passage >
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